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Unread 12-31-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
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Traveling with a guitar...

FYI, I just went to Hawaii and was able to take one of my Strats as a carry on. The only place I could put it was in the overhead bin. It had to be in a gig bag, not a hard case, in which it would have to be checked in. Checking it in as baggage was the last thing I wanted to do. I was pleased with the result. Make sure you check with the airline regarding their policy, before you fly. The last thing you want to have to do is check a guitar in a soft case as check in baggage - you might as well kiss it goodbye. BTW, I flew on Northwest.

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Unread 01-01-2008, 12:00 AM   #2
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When I flew, they let me put my guitar in the stewardess' closet.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 10:39 AM   #3
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I've been able to fly with my guitar in the overhead, in the closet near the cockpit, and they've also taken it from me at the end of the jetway, the same place that strollers and wheelchairs, etc...are taken and stored underneath and then returned to the owner immediately upon deplaning.
My experience has been that if you have the axe in a soft case, you can carry it on and overhead it.
A hard case either goes in the closet or underneath in baggage.

Yes, it's always wise to check with the airline first before flying with a guitar but my experience has also been that what information you get on the phone may be different than what you get in-person at the gate. Regardless, if the info has been inaccurate, it's always been to my advantage.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 05:41 PM   #4
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Cool. Good for Northwest!

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Unread 01-02-2008, 01:30 PM   #5
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I have flown with my guitars many times. I always hand them to a flight attendant when I enter the plane and s/he puts it in the forward closet space. BTW, just in case I end up with it in the luggage compartment, I NEVER use a gig bag- always HSC. I've seen what those gorillas do to my luggage.
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